On Wednesday, Chevrolet tweeted a picture of a grimly serious guy sporting a pistachio-colored blazer paired with this message: “The hottest look of the year. Coming soon.” So it didn’t take a genius to figure out that a new version of the Blazer was on the way. But we were curious as to exactly what form it would take.
More precisely, we wondered if the General was prepping a rugged off-roader to compete with the forthcoming Ford Bronco.
This morning, Chevy answered that question, and it’s a resounding no. The 2019 Chevy Blazer is about as suited for a down-and-dirty trip to the trails as grimly serious guy’s pastel piece of menswear. Instead of a burly SUV, the latest incarnation of the line is a crossover with styling cues taken from the latest Camaro, and is designed for the urban jungle.
We think it looks like Chevy’s take on the Lexus RX — and we mean that as a complement. Inside the cabin, there will be seating for five passengers, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto will be standard, as will heated and ventilated front seats, wireless charging capability, six USB charging ports, and “Comfort Open” windows, which can be lowered from the key fob, to cool the interior before everyone climbs inside. The higher-spec RS and Premier trims will get even more features, including heated rear seats, adaptive cruise control, and a hands-free power lift gate.
At launch, two engines will be available. Base models will get a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine good for 193 horsepower, and those looking for a little more punch can opt for the beefier 3.6-liter 305-horsepower V6. Both will put power to the ground via a nine-speed automatic, and front- and all-wheel drive versions will be available. With the bigger motor, the Blazer will be able to tow 4,500 pounds, and optional features like the Hitch View — which provides a drone-like view — will make hooking up a breeze.
Pricing hasn’t been announced yet, but it should be somewhere between the Equinox’s $23,800 and the $29,930 starting figure for the Traverse. Check out the pictures, and look for the 2019 Chevy Blazer to arrive at your local AutoNation Chevy dealer early next year.